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First Defense Keeps Giants Out of the End Zone

Posted by Eric Allen on August 29, 2011 – 9:56 pm

The Jets’ defensive starters weren’t perfect tonight at MetLife Stadium, but there were plenty of reasons to be encouraged from the first unit’s performance against their crosstown rivals in the 17-3 verdict over the Giants.

Despite bending at various points, the starters yielded no touchdowns in 30 minutes of work and they’ll probably now finish the summer with just 10 points allowed on 17 drives. After finishing sixth in points allowed last year at 19 per game, the Green & White have good reason to feel confident heading into the regular-season opener Sept. 11 against the Dallas Cowboys.

The best news might be after amassing just 12 interceptions in 16 games last season, the Jets collected two in the first half for the second consecutive week and the team has totaled six in three contests.

“That’s what it should be,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan.  “Tipped balls and overthrows — that’s where you’re going to get your picks and you have to be able to rush the passer and make him elevate his throws.”

Safety Jim Leonhard, who had a pick the Jets’ 27-7 win over the Bengals at the Met, played the slot perfectly and halted the Giants’ first drive of the game as they attempted to push into the red zone.

Then in the second quarter, Eli Manning felt City pressure and didn’t like it. On a second-and-8 play from the Giants 37, Manning kept on retreating when he saw big Mike DeVito and company in his face. The result was a horribly thrown ball up the left sideline that David “Hitman” Harris picked off by the Jets’ bench. Perhaps the only thing Harris did wrong all night was step out of bounds at the NYG 44.

“We did a great job of taking the ball away,” Leonhard said. “We gave up too many yards, that was the biggest thing. We’ll take a look at the film and see what happened. We did a great job of getting the ball back to our offense and we are seeing it pay off right now.”

Unfortunately, Mark Sanchez turned the ball over three plays later and the Green & White couldn’t capitalize on a golden chance opportunity. While the Giants held the ball for 18:20 and amassed 13 first downs before intermission, the Jets made key stops and held their counterparts to just 2-of-8 on their third down conversions.

After missing all but one play of the preseason, Bart Scott returned to action and was sturdy along with Harris. He was in on the second play from scrimmage — stopping Brandon Jacobs for a 2-yard gain.

The Madbacker, who got caught in an unfavorable matchup with Ahmad Bradshaw in space on a 27-yard pass play in the second, was credited with four solos and four assists on the evening and looked spry applying some upfield pressure.  In his only extended action of the preseason, Scott delivered some welcomed punishment.

“It was good to kind of push myself,” Scott said.  “In most games, if you’re playing great defense, you’re only playing 60 snaps.  So it was good to get 45 and close to a real game simulation.  We would have loved to get off the field for a little rest, but it was good to get the heart rate going and push through.  Next time when we get to No. 45, you’ve been there before and you can push through it.”

Harris had the interception, three solo tackles and four assists, and happily separated WR Mario Manningham from one pass.

“David had a couple of big hits and that’s what David can bring to the table,” Ryan said.  “If you want to cross that middle a little bit, you kind of do it at your own risk.  He’s a big hitter and I thought he did a good job.”

Nose tackle Sione Pouha sat for a second straight game with a knee injury, but Martin Tevaseu again held his own in the middle. Danny Ware (5 carries, 23 yards) and Brandon Jacobs (8-22) combined for 45 yards on 11 carries against one of the league’s stingiest rush defenses.

“MTV played very, very solid,” Scott said of the 6’2″, 325-pound Tevaseu.  “He’s almost like a Bo like player.  They’re similar in how they fire off the ball and get penetration.  We know what Bo can do and he’ll make plays, but now we have depth.  We can rotate these guys in and keep these guys fresh.”

After holding the Texans scoreless in two drives and then giving up one TD in eight drives against the Bengals, the Jets surrendered just a field goal to the G-Men on seven first-half possessions. Not to be overlooked, the second-teamers came on and allowed some yards before starting the third stanza with a goal-line stand.

There were some personnel changes on the defensive ball in the expedited offseason, but rest assured the Jets will again have one of the top units in football. The starters will probably get a rest on Thursday and the focus will soon shift to Tony Romo and the Cowboys.


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55 Responses to “First Defense Keeps Giants Out of the End Zone”

  1. By scjoe on Aug 29, 2011 | Reply

    The first team offense still looks like it needs some work, just don’t look in sync.For the third time in three preseason games the opposing offense gets a huge gain out of the RB catching a pass out of the backfield. Kerley continues to impress. If this kid gets enough touches I can see him in the running for offensive ROY. Bellore continuing to impress as well.

  2. By Karan on Aug 29, 2011 | Reply

    Is Tom Moore not at all involved with the offense?

  3. By Randy Lange on Aug 29, 2011 | Reply

    Karan, I’m not sure what Tom Moore’s involvement was in this game, but the plan is for him to return home and serve as a consultant, an advance scout for the offense and a sounding board for the coaching staff.

  4. By ThatGuyShaun on Aug 29, 2011 | Reply

    Second team D also kept the Giants’ starters out of the end zone :)

  5. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Things to feel good about: McKnight seems certain to do well as the #3 RB, only those failed goal-line shots diluted his starts. Greene running well, Powell running better than he has. McElroy’s well on his way to be the #2. Conley may have wrapped up the P job. Cook may have played his way onto the team, despite the flag. Wilkerson, despite the ejection, and Ellis both looking good, Scott too and Leonhard showing no sign of problems from the injury. Cro still knows how to return kicks, Mulligan can catch passes after all, and Wilson continues to look better and better. Oh, and for you Wildcat diehards, Kerley seems to know how to handle it, including the passing part. The O under Sanchez still has a lot of work to do, though.

  6. By Gabriel on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    I’m really impressed with all the depth we have at defense, I feel very confident in our starters, twos, and threes! The first team offense still needs work but I believe they can work it out with Tom Moore, I believe we are also good at depth on offense I strongly believe in the starters, twos, and threes as well! Go Jets

  7. By Steve on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Second team defense looked good tonight… I think Nick Bellore may make this team, he was all over the field.

  8. By RickJet on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    second team d looked great! 1st team did a great job of bending but not breaking and the offense was 2-3 in the redzone.. every game will NOT be pretty! especially when ur playing against a good d fence! but it’s great to see td’s instead of fg’s! i don’t care how we getem.

  9. By PIEMAN on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    THE O LINE LOOKED WEAK AS DID THE RUNNING GAME FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS. SANCHES LOOKED LOST AT TIMES AND HIS TIMMING WITH THE RECIEVERS IS GETTING BETTER, HOWEVER HIS 50% COMP, IS NOW A STANDARD FOR HIM. DEFENSE SHOWED UP WHEN IT COUNTEDBUT LET UP LARGE CHUNKS OF YARDAGE AND AT TIMES LOOKED INCAPABLE OF STOPPING THE GIANT OFFENSE. OVERALL A PRETTY LACKLUSTER WIN ….GRADE C .

  10. By IRA on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Like i thought after watching camp and up until last night Rex’s D will be the best he has had since he took over. The offense is out of sync and its looked that way since camp opened. Sure its preseason and no gameplans and they are just looking at things. But they have only two weeks to all get on the same page to open the season.The D will have to carry this team for the first month until they all jell or did they just mess up a solid unit that had chemistry from the previous year? Only time will tell.

  11. By IRA on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Happy that they gave Kerley some reps in the WC formation in live action. And as you can see he will be just fine and even threw a pretty pass.
    I cringed when i saw Cro back there to receive a KO and even though that was a big play and set up the Jets for a TD with the first unit i got flash backs from Jason Sehorn.
    The one real positive i took out of this preseason so far is that they have better depth on defense than they did last year and i believe they will cover the middle of the field better because Wilson looks like he has improved and Cro and Pool are in their 2nd year of the system. Conley was good still not sold he will be the punter on opening day.
    GO JETS!!!!

  12. By Frank on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Not much to be impressed with in this game. Again first team O awful on third down and Sanchez is showing no improvement at all his passes minus the TD were awful.
    Defense gave up way too many big plays the lack of pass rush is going to hurt this team. Scott picked up were he left off in Pittsburg missing too many tackles.
    Kerley is terrific and better than B Smith great pick thus far. McKnight is awful in the red zone and makes a lot of bad reads on his cuts. McElroy looks poised out there and is clearly going to help us down the road his passes are better than Sanchez. Bellore is a playmaker on D overall our 2’s looked pretty good they had a nice goal line stand vs G-Men ones.

  13. By Chicago Bob on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    It still looks as if the OL will struggle at times this year. It may be worth a shot to take a look at Andre Gurode who was recently let go by Dallas due to salary cap reasons. Supposedly he is not 100% however if the injury is not significant, the Jets can bring him in as a guard (the position he played before he was moved to center). He is not the long term answer however if he can recover from his injury, having him between Nick and Brick for 2-3 years would be a nice addition – still not confident Slauson can handle Haynesworth. The Jets should have the money available to sign him and if healthy, would provide a significant upgrade at LG. With Dallas, Jacksonville and Oakland our first 3 opponents, we would not have to rush him.

  14. By GaryC on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Fan Tom, I guess the wildcat is not dead like you suggested when brad smith left, but now instead of a 6’2 guy running it, we have a 5’9 guy running it.So much for more snaps for Sanchez to get this offense going.where was kerley last night on the kickoff and punt returns,did rex lose confidence in him already with the muff against the bengals,we know he has no patience with the younger players,why is kerley not playing the slot,Mason going to be there all year.There wasn’t much I took out of game,but sanchez made interesting comment saying that he had trouble getting ball to Burress and says I guess we will just have to do it when season starts,I say, is it going to be that easy.

  15. By kw65Fan on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    BRAD WHO..???? for all you Kerley doubters…not a bad game for him. Rushed, threw a pass, caught a pass and returned a punt 18 yards. The kid is the real deal. And like Cro…he is one fast individual…beautiful return…we know we have our clutch return man when yards are needed. Exactly right scjoe…offense looking way out of sync. Although Giants D is very good…have to give them credit…Tuck was a terror in back field…thankfully MS was a little elusive and got out of it. 50% passing is not going to cut it. Can see more pounding of the ball first few games till passing is in sync with receivers…but a real nice pass to Holmes for the TD.

  16. By GaryC on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    seeing that Kerley attended TCU and their name is the horn frogs, I thought the jets could change name from wildcat to LEAP FROG.

  17. By Tom Spicer on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    No OTA’S, no minicamps, a new set of WR’S & half a training camp = sloppy football the O looked bad & I think it will be bad for a while. I can see it now bench Sanchez start Mcelroy.

  18. By STAYLOADED on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    The whole team needs a lot of work, wasn’t impressed at all.

  19. By Pranit on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Is Sanchez ever going to be a better than average QB? He was starting down receivers yesterday…Holmes was wide open on two plays and Sanchez never looked in his direction…He hasn’t learnt how to read defenses (yet) and doesn’t seem familiar with the concept of progressions…He is short so his passes get tipped at the line (frustrating)…Will he always stay average at best?

  20. By dougmc on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    The offense and defense are playing very vanilla and have not jelled yet. We are playing mistake free and cautiously and are still winning these pre-season games.We are very good at luring teams in to making mistakes and then capiltalizing on their errors. Need to cover screens and sweeps better. Second team O and D look good. If we can go 4 and 3 or better by the bye week we shoulkd be in great shape for second half of season.
    “Can’t Wait”…Let’s Go Jets…

  21. By Clarke W. Griswald on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    I think the Jets defense is gonna be lights out this summer. Hopefully lead the league in interceptions.

  22. By kleckofan on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Agree w scjoe: offense looks out of sync, stuttering, almost looks like there’s too much info at the line, checking-off, waving hands etc…get up and run the d^mn play. The second team O looks just the opposite, in sync, on time, prepared. Kerley looked great tonite, so did Pitotua and Harris showed why he’s worth the $$. Where was Cumberland? Two weeks to get the O more reps…I hope Moore brings some “flow” to the O play calling, Schotty never seems to have an overall strategy.

  23. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Actually, GaryC, the difference is that the guy running the Wildcat, or Leap Frog, now can actually play a regular position. You should wait for the morniing-after report on some things, Rex said they just wanted to give Cro one KR in preseason and he won’t be the KR this yr, which means Kerley will. You’d have to explain to me why a guy averaging 31.8, 3 yds better than the last guy, wouldn’t be good enough to start at KR. McElroy and Moore are my two favorite anxiety-relievers this yr, Pranit. Knowing they’re around while Sanchez and Schotty make the same mistakes to the same results yr after yr just makes me feel a lot better.

  24. By Troy on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    This team looked horrible last night,the O was a Horror show Mainly Sanchez i was so disappointed with the way he looked which is the same as last yr. there’s no leap being made Im afraid,to bad with all the weapons around him, the D still cant produce a pass rush and Cro is too vulnerable ,and Bart Scott is looking very old and slow,giants went up and down the field on us.Im expecting a vewry slow start with the way the O has looked from the starters, which is a problem with the way this years sch. is laid out.I want to be has optimistic has the next guy,but come on its plain to see were just not going to go as far as Mark takes us.Its hard with a good Vet QB. to make it too conf.title games much less 3 in a row outside of Jim Kelly its…

  25. By Troy on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    cont from above..unheard of, Marks inconsistencies are going to be to much to overcome this year with 2yrs of tape out on him in this O.Rex putting bulls eye on our backs again just assures we will get everyones best shot which isnt good,thats why we had trouble with the DET.and CLev.Hou.of the world last year,yes we won but skin of our teeth ,and losing games we shoulnt have like Balt.G.B.,Mia, nothing has changed except for some personel.If I were Mr.T I would give Mike Brown in Cincy a call a offer a 2nd for C.Palmer as some mid season insurance,everyone hear would have to be down for that.I hope im off and Mark shuts me up, but im not seeing it.wish like hell I did!!!

  26. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    ESPN reports it’s Folk and Conley. I’m not thrilled with another yr of Folk, but like Schotty he’s possibly gone mid-season if he starts screwing up again. As for Conley, this is the closest he’s come with us so far to matching his astounding college numbers, so I’m optimistic. I was never that sold on Weatherford, his cardiac issue is a problem if it’s gonna get him pulled from a playoff game ten minutes before kickoff, and that run against the Bears, well…

  27. By Hans on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    kleckofan, Jeff Cumberland was out on injury.

  28. By GaryC on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry guys, Kerley did this against a lot of Giants who will be walking the street later in the week,Let’s see him do it against the patriots in December like Brad Smith used to do.Same with Mulligan,even he looked like John Mackey against Giants second and third stringers,As for Bart, cant wait,scott,looked good stuffing the run,but bradshaw made him look foolish when he tried to tackle him in open space. Yes, Ira keep bringing up the Jason Sehorn injury like I use too,Cromartie looks great until he hurts his knee and the jets have to depend on Kyle Wilson.I know it is not in jets gameplan but can we ever run wide to maybe loosen up defense a little bit.

  29. By IRA on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    kleckofan,
    Cumberland was hurt and they rested him.
    Tom,
    Conley had a good game last night buts lets wait until after the final cuts to see if he is the opening day punter.
    Big part in my opinion with the O looking out of whack right now, new full time RT, Moore missing almost all of camp, 2 new WR’s and no mini-camps and OTA’s plus no 2 a days and this is what you get.
    Plus remember what we see in these preseason games is a lot of trial and error. Just hope they find their groove sooner than later.

  30. By uncle joe on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Eric Smith is all over the field but he can’t make a tackle

  31. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    No GaryC, let’s NOT see Kerley run the Wildcat during the season, we’ve got much bigger problems on O as Ira and others point out. Besides, Smith never threw an important pass outside of the one to J-Co vs. SD and it was so badly underthrown that J-Co got caught instead of a TD, so Kerley’s an upgrade there, too. Troy, why write off the whole season now? When you give a guy 5 yrs and $50 mil, he’s the guy. If MS screws up next yr, I can already see that McElroy has a shot at being the guy in another yr or 2, he already looks much more confident on the field than MS does even now sometimes. And GaryC, Wilson looks a lot better this yr, don’t put on those Row-style blinders and act like you don’t see it.

  32. By Howie D on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Another anemic performance from Shotty. We have no excuses, we have all the weapons, just need to use them better. I’m tempted to say it’s only preseason, but I’ve seen this trick before. NICK BELLORE IS KEEPER!

  33. By Dr. Frank Falcone, Jr. on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    I would love to see what McElroy could do with the starting offense. I am beginning to believe he brings a lot more “smarts” to the table than Sanchez. He looks to have better command out there than Sanchez for some reason. I think he is more accurate and sees the field better in his rookie season than Sanchez does now. I know it’s preseason, but this kid has had minimal time to pick things up and has done well. Albeit, with a smaller version of the playbook, I think. He just seems to play better, even after getting banged around. I don’t mean to jump the gun here, but he may be our QB of the future…… What do you guys think?

  34. By GaryC on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, if you don’t want to see wildcat than why are we running it in preseason,maybe it would be wiser to give kerley reps as slot receiver,duh, and if cromartie is not taking kickoffs in regular season why was he there the other night,was this game that important to risk an injury on a return.By the way, what is kerley’s position, it looks to me he will have brad smith’s position,It is called THE CHANGE OF PACE POSITION.that is unless you see rex sitting down one of his raven buddies, Stone Mason.

  35. By GaryC on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Jet fan tom,Kerley throws the ball better than Brad Smith after Smith played four years at Missouri quarterbacking and Kerley was mostly a wideout at TCU.

  36. By Karan on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Oh ok, I was just hoping Tom Moore would be able to help out Schottenheimer in playcalling or adding new plays to the playbook because the same old formations seem to drag on every week. Or maybe they will be saving the good stuff for the regular season :). It would be nice to see 2 TE formations by using Cumberland as a receiver as well and more 4 receiver sets along with asking Keller to run more post routes that would result in like a 25+ gain instead of the curl routes which only result in like a 6 yard gain. He’s a big guy and his size and strength must be used as an advantage. I mean all the weapons are around us, it is a matter of utilizing them, Tom Moore would know how, unfortunately, he’s not the OC.

  37. By Karan on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Fan Since ’64: I hope your right about the Jets getting rid of Schotty midseason or hopefully now! Lol, but lets hope his playcalling doesn’t get even worse than it is now that it would result in the playoffs being a distant memory, that would be scary.

  38. By Karan on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    I do admit Sanchez could have had a better game yesterday, but the funny thing is he proves everyone wrong. Watch, his stats might not be the best in the regular season as it has happened before, but once this kid get’s into the postseason, he will shine like he always done. And I think winning in the postseason is what counts the most, nothing else matter, well except for winning enough games to get to the playoffs in the first place, but he has done that before and he’ll do it again. However, it seems like people are so eager to blame Sanchez for the mistakes the offense has, yes, he can play a little better but not everyone seems to realize the issue could be and most definitely is the offensive coordinator. I hope others concur with me.

  39. By 38 year fan on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    uncle Joe Eric Smith played great ,…he was swatting passes down , that safety blitz he threw in led to the David Harris pick …Our safetys and corners are lights out …but Cromarte better pick it up a little when the season starts

  40. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 30, 2011 | Reply

    Dr. Frank, I said the same thing in almost the same words about McElroy on the story ahead of this one. That’s not saying I want McElroy to start but I’m glad there’s somebody other than Brunell to light a fire under Sanchez. GaryC, I’m for dumping the Wildcat entirely as you know so go ask Rex and Schotty why Kerley’s learning it. I will agree with you that he appears to throw better than Smith did. And Kerley’s already looked better at WR than Smith ever will but that doesn’t mean he’s going to crack those Top 3. Karan, I’m done fretting over Schotty, no team can predict the SB yr after yr and then score no pts until the playoffs. This yr will be it for him or Moore might pull a Cheney, say he’ll find Rex a new OC, then say I’m the guy.

  41. By GaryC on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    no jet fan tom,I mean’t that statement sarcastically about kerley being better at qb then smith,No way is kerley better at qb then smith after smith played four years at Missouri, remember kerley was at TCU playing with Andy Dalton so he wasn’t quarterbacking a lot.

  42. By Viveca on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    Worried about the kicking game. Year after year we have shaky punters and kickers while other teams seem to find gems. Offensive line, supposed to be a strength looks shaky, not opening holes, no depth either…what happens if Brick goes down? Lots of depth on defense. Bellore looks promising. Give Maybin a chance, at least he has a burst. Cumberland could be our secret weapon at either wr or te. Don’t even think of putting Powell on PS. LT is on his last leg. We’ll need both Powell and Mc Knight. Kerley and Mc Elroy are fast becoming fan favorites. It will be an exciting season!

  43. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, Rex likes how Kerley throws the ball if you read his Tuesday press conference but like I’ve said before, we have much bigger problems on O than who’s gonna run the Wildcat. Let’s start with how many TDs we average in the 1st qtr of the 1st few games. Hmm? What’s that huge silence? Sounds like most of the people on this site afraid that we’ll start off just like last yr, blabbing about the SB while failing to score anything. I’m not ready to predict that but the O certainly looks no better so far this yr. We didn’t give Holmes a deal that huge to watch the QB and OC fail to take advantage of him yr after yr. Viveca, totally agree about McKnight, Powell, and LT. And 31 teams cutting from 80 to 53 on Friday should free up a few guys.

  44. By THUNDER LIPS on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    uncle joe … eric smith has been a beast all preseason … what games have you been watching

  45. By GaryC on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    Like I said jet fan tom,by midseason you might wish to have edwards,cotchery and smith back if the offense doesn’t pick up.one other thing, if cromartie ends up returning kickoffs that will be the dumbest thing rex would do.I also feel tomlinson is done,that is why he restructered,he would not getting many offers from others.

  46. By Dr. Frank Falcone, Jr. on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    One of the things that bothers me about our defense is that we still cannot generate a pass rush without blitzes! Our front 3 or 4 guys just can’t seem to beat their offensive line counterpart. Rex always has to scheme to get a free rusher.
    The other thing that is worrisome is the offensive line. I know that they all haven’t played together much this preseason with all the injuries and the time off due to the lockout. BUT, I think age may be starting to show on some of the guys or something. I saw too many missed assignments and blocks against the Giants. I think we need to upgrade at right tackle and left guard. I like Hunter and Slaussen, but as back up players. I am not sure Ducasse is a player, but made a good block on TD run.

  47. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, are you trying to be funny about Smith? When was he ever a factor as a WR? And KR is the least of our problems, Rex and the coaches are already talking about Kerley like he’s been on the team for yrs. No one can do anything about Edwards overvaluing himself in a yr when the cap went down or about J-Co wanting to start, though Antonio Brown’s 77-yarder the other night shows how far away that is from happening. We’re not the only team that lost guys and hasn’t had time to get its O in shape. Or would you rather start rooting for the other New York team at MetLife Stadium?

  48. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    Dr. Frank, I agree with everything you say here and elsewhere except about Slauson and Hunter, who I think will do just fine. If he’d technically qualified for it last yr, Slauson coulda been in Rookie of the Year running if they ever gave it to an OL guy.

  49. By Karan on Aug 31, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think J-Co should have ever chosen to leave the jets, kind of a poor decision on his part because he could have made I think $1.8 million here and now he has the veterans minimum in pittsburgh. He mainly left because he didn’t want to be a 3rd receiver but I think that’s what he’s going to serve as in pittsburgh since wallace and ward are already ahead of him. It all came down to a change of scenery for cotchery, best of luck to him, hope he returns one day to the jets, he’s only in pitt for a season. I hope Moore does pull a Cheney loll, take command!

  50. By GaryC on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    no jet fan tom, I do not root for the blue team, they might be in worse shape than us,with Eli as their quarterback,they lost smith and boss and eli looks lost. speaking about smith I was thinking last night that with chan gailey as bills coach I see Smith catching at least 40 balls this year,remember who was right about THE CLOWN.

  51. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    Karan, J-Co isn’t going to edge out Antonio Brown for #3 on PIT and may fall even lower than that. If he’d stayed on the Jets, he’d might even be starting now with the injuries to Mason and Plax, but I have to take his word for it when he says that he could tell that he didn’t figure in the Jets’ future plans. GaryC, last I read the Bills were going to emphasize using Smith at QB. If he caught 40 balls that would be about 10 times what he ever caught in one yr for us, so I won’t hold my breath on that one. Or on his avg/p/catch given how poor his acceleration is at WR and how little separation he gets. And then you have to consider his iffy hands. No, I think he’s the guy who’s going to be in the “change of pace position,” like with us.

  52. By GaryC on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, I am not the one lauding the signing of plastico burress,so why would I root for giants,I am not the one who asks that we sign shaun o’hara. the over the hill gang was of a bygone era.but many fans want to bring it back with jets.

  53. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    I was just kidding you about the Giants, GaryC, making the point that if you think our O is out of sync and riddled with injuries, look at theirs!

  54. By GaryC on Sep 1, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom,I love the color green, whether it is money or the jet jersey,they still should find the kelly green color they used to have instead of the forest green they wear today.maybe that will bring back the super bowl glory.

  55. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 2, 2011 | Reply

    I’m a real heretic, GaryC, I not only like that same color green, I like the ’80s helmet with the jet on it!

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